Bradley Walden has been a part of the Emarosa line-up for the last five years; just under half their total time together. In his short tenure, he’s injected fresh life into the group, culminating now with ‘Peach Club’; their fifth album, filled to the brim with a revitalised pop sound that’s been threatening to boil over across their last couple of releases.
“A lot of people feel like it’s such a drastic change, but if you’ve been paying attention, when we went from ‘Verses’ (2014) to ‘131’ (2016), and now to ‘Peach Club’, it’s been a pretty steady change towards this direction,” Bradley says matter of factly, currently on the road just outside of their next tour stop of Nashville.
“On our last record, the first single was called ‘Helpless’; it was this very poppy jam, and it was a great segue to help us get to where we are now.”
‘Alternative band goes pop’ is by no means a new trope; as the world descends into misery, more and more are seeking brighter pastures in thick, luscious melodies.
“I was raised on Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Paula Abdul, and Pat Benatar; that’s what my Mom listened to so that’s what I listened to,” Bradley explains. “I fell in love with the world of pop, so that’s always been where I wanted to go.”